Yes, Sports Fans Go to Marches

Kids love marching and sports!

We’ve got a multi-sport combo here with a Giants World Champs shirt and a Boston Bruins (?!) tee. Bruins? Really? OK at least the Bruins dropped right-wing nut Tim Thomas this year. Courtesy of the Colorful Mamas of the 99%

They do! Today is May Day, and has been custom for some years, it’s time to march for immigrant rights. The demands are varied: comprehensive immigration reform, pathways to citizenship, full amnesty, the eradication of all borders, more punishing requirements for citizenship and border enforcement, etc. OK, maybe not that last two unless you live/work on Capitol Hill.

All marches and rallies have some commonalities I’ve found fairly consistent regardless of time and space: people trying to sell you newspapers (no, not interested), petitioners trying to get to support/oppose something mostly unrelated to the day’s action (sure, maybe), vendors cashing in on the many attendees by selling essentials like water, cut fruit, churros, panchos and salty snacks (yes, yes, yes!).

Most relevant to this site though, is that at any march or rally sports fans are always present. Usually the home teams, but also big market out of town squads too. If it’s hot and sunny, they you’ll see the hats. Cold and the beanies come out. And if your squad just won the title recently (or even not recently) time to break out the 20xx World Champion XXX’s swag again. Today’s march in Oakland was no exception.

Check out this guy rocking not just the As, but a small child too. Double win.

Check out this guy rocking not just the As, but a small child too. Double win.

This Giants cap was actually a split As/Giants cap! Who said you can't swing both ways?

This Giants cap was actually a split As/Giants cap! Who said you can’t swing both ways? 

I'm going to stretch here and say that cycling is a sport and so is Aztec dance. Maybe it's a Bay Area thing.

I’m going to stretch here and say that cycling is a sport and so is Aztec dance. Maybe it’s a Bay Area thing.

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